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About Marshall Brooks Library at Principia College

Using the Library

  • The Marshall Brooks Library is open to the local community as an academic library and as a selective government depository. We provide access to on-site materials (including government documents) and the internet via four public kiosk computers. Open hours are posted on the library website and the main library entrances. Please see below for our policies regarding borrower types and their privileges.
     
  • All library transactions require a valid Principia College ID card or valid I-Share Member Library card or Marshall Brooks Library card. (Please ask for an application if you need a community member library card.)
     
  • You can check your account online and/or renew items with the barcode on your Principia College ID card or Library card.
     
  • Principia College Library patrons who have fines and/or fees totaling more than $10 will have their borrowing privileges suspended until the fines and/or fees are paid.

Borrowing Types and Privileges

Borrower Type

Defined As

ID Required For On-Campus Library Services

I-Share Privileges

WorldCat/ Interlibrary Loan Privileges*

Electronic Resource Access

Borrowing Period

Student

Individuals currently enrolled in a Principia College course.

Prin ID Card

Only available to on-campus students

Only available to on-campus students

Yes

28 Days + 3 Renewals

Faculty

Current ranked faculty at Principia College or individuals teaching a Principia College course

Prin ID Card

Only available to on-campus faculty

Only available to on-campus faculty

Yes

End Of Term + 2 Renewals

Academic Staff

Current Principia College Staff (Administrators, Staff, Service Personnel, And Dual-Campus Employees)

Prin ID Card

Only available to on-campus staff

Only available to on-campus staff

Yes

28 Days + 3 Renewals

Community Member

Local Area Residents (Includes College Faculty/Staff Family Members, St. Louis Campus Personnel And Their Family Members)

Library Card By Application With Approval

No

No

Library Kiosks Only

28 Days + 3 Renewals

Interlibrary Loan Institution

OCLC Member Library In North America, ILLINET Member Library, or The Principia Upper School Library

N/A

No

No

No

28 Days + 1 Renewal

PLL

Attendance At A PLL Program On The Principia College Campus

PLL Attendee Badge

No

No

Library Kiosks Only

14 Days (No Renewal)

*Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Library Director or Resource Sharing Manager.

Approved 9/2009
Updated 9/2013, 3/2021

Fines & Fees

Principia College Library patrons are responsible for:

  • Payment of fines
    • $0.10 per item per day overdue
    • $1.00 per interlibrary loan item per day overdue
    • $1.00 per reserve item per hour overdue
  • Library materials overdue for more than 35 days*
    • Children’s books and all media types: $25 per item**.
    • All Other Library Materials: $50 per item*.
  • Library materials returned damaged beyond normal wear and tear
    • Children’s books and all media types: $25 per item**.
    • All Other Library Materials: $50 per item**.
  • Interlibrary loan materials borrowed through WorldCat overdue for more than 30 days*
    • $100 per item.
  • Materials borrowed through I-Share are billed according to the policies of the lending library.

Fines and fees may be paid with cash or check at the Circulation Desk.  Alternately, fines and fees may be paid via the Principia Marketplace.  Refunds are made when items are returned within six months of the original payment date and are in good condition.

Exceptions to this policy may, on rare occasions, be made at the discretion of the Library Director in consultation with the Public Services Manager.

*Items not returned within 35 days of their due date are automatically marked as lost by the Alma system.  At that time, the patron’s record will show the lost item charges ($50 per item). 

**This amount is reviewed periodically. The base price is determined by consulting the Bowker Annual as a guide to the average cost of an academic book in conjunction with reviewing best practices at other small college academic libraries. The service charge partially covers acquisition and processing costs.

Updated January 2021

Food & Drink Policy

Please:

  • Bring drinks in spill proof containers
  • Pick up after yourself
  • Report areas that might need special cleaning attention

Please:

  • No food or drink near computer stations
  • No hot foods or meals
  • No dishes, glasses or silverware from Dining Services

Exceptions to these policies may be made for special Library sponsored events

Collection Management

The management of the library collection is governed by the Collection Management Policy.